Author(s): Brunette Lenkic
For more than 100 years, girls and women have moved off the sidelines and onto the field to kick, mark and handball, as well as tackle, bump and shepherd. Despite the thousands who have played in locations around Australia, the female game has largely remained in the shadows until recently. #Play On! The Hidden History of Women's Australian Rules Football explores how the game spread from west to east and reveals little-known facts about women in sport and women in society. Featuring fascinating material drawn from interviews with women who participated in games as far back as the 1930s, plus dozens of unpublished evocative images of female players and teams, this is a book that anyone interested in football, history or creative non-fiction will not want to miss.Brunette Lenkic is a writer and literacy tutor, who previously worked as a print journalist. Brunette has had a lifelong interest in sport - as participant, coach and spectator - and curated the Bounce Down exhibition in Perth last year, to mark the centenary of the women's Australian rules game where it began. Rob Hess is an Associate Professor in sport history at Victoria University, Melbourne. He has an international reputation for sport history scholarship, and is the Managing Editor of International Journal of the History of Sport. His previous book, the co-authored A National Game; The History of Australian Rules Football, was published by Penguin/Viking in 2008.